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Learn to Knit: Weaving In Ends

8th April 2018 finishing 8 min read
Learn to Knit: Weaving In Ends
Weaving in the end of your work stops it from unraveling and can be completely invisible if done neatly. To start with I weave in along the back of the work in the opposite direction that I was knitting. You want to mimic the path of the stitch so that it is as invisible as possible.
One  of the knitters, Kathy, from one of my KALs says: "work the tails from a smile into the frown in row above, then follow that frown around down into the smile of the row below" which sounds like a great way of remembering it!
Here is a visual of that in action:
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Up through 'smile' on top row.
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Follow 'frown' on left and into row below to the right.
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Now follow through to the next stitch and go back up to the last top stitch.
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Then just continue to work that across several stitches
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 When you've done that for a few stitches then pull the tail down diagonally and cut it with a little left. It sometimes helps to open the very end out so that it's less likely to pop out from your work. I sometimes wait until after a shawl is blocked to cut tails as I find aggressive blocking makes them very likely to come out again.

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Carol Feller

Carol trained as a structural engineer, and she brings that love of analysing structure into her knitting, creating complex patterns that are easy to understand, while her approach to process is all about testing and playing, and making mistakes along the way. That’s where the joy lies!

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